The plumbing was prone to leaks, the furniture rescued from
garage sales. And every square inch was being devotedly restored to its
original splendor—even as a relationship fell to pieces. Now Francesca Thayer,
newly separated from her lawyer boyfriend Todd, is desperate. The owner of a
struggling art gallery, and suddenly the sole mortgage payer on her Greenwich
Village townhouse, Francesca does the math and then the unimaginable. She puts
out an advertisement for boarders.
Soon her house becomes a whole new world. First comes
Eileen, a fresh, pretty Los Angeles transplant, now a New York City
schoolteacher. Then there’s Chris, a young father struggling with a troubled
ex-wife and the challenge of parenting a seven-year-old son who visits every
other weekend. The final tenant is Marya, a celebrated cookbook author hoping
to start a new chapter in her life after the death of her husband. As
Francesca’s art gallery begins to find its footing and Todd moves on to another
woman, she discovers that her accidental tenants have become the most important
people in her life.
But even as the roommates bond, and the house fills with the
aroma of Marya’s exquisite cuisine, there are shadows as well as light. Naïve
Eileen explores the precarious boundaries of online dating with a series of
strangers. Chris’s custody fight for his son escalates to devastating levels.
Marya faces an unexpected choice that will take her into untested waters. And
Francesca herself will contemplate what had seemed impossible: opening her
heart once more.
Over the course of one amazing, unforgettable, ultimately
life-changing year, the house at 44 Charles Street fills with laughter,
heartbreak, and, always, hope. In the hands of master storyteller Danielle
Steel, it’s a place those who visit will never want to leave.
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